Saturday, July 09, 2005

Worrying....

From today's Financial Times....

Chinese chatrooms give backing to bombs
By Richard McGregor in Beijing

"Chinese internetchat rooms were awash yesterday with reaction to the London terrorist bombings, much of it unsympathetic and outrighthostile to the many victims of the attack.

Many of the postings on sina.com, China's largest portal, suggested that the attack in London was justified in retaliation for the high-profile British involvement in the Iraq war...

...Why didn't terrorists set off the explosive on the day when London won the bid to host the Olympics?" read one chatroom posting. "What a grand scene would that be! The leaders of al-Qaeda have made a bad plan!""I am in strong favour of Jihad and any terrorist action against imperialism. Let's thank bin Laden for his contribution to the world peace," another added....

...Although the chat session does not offer a scientific sample of opinion in a country of 1.3bn people, the anti-western sentiment does dovetail with the strident nationalism that is a trademark of many young people."

4 Comments:

Blogger Kate said...

That sucks. After 9/11, many of my primary school age students were treating the bombings like a joke and it's just really distressing to ear from anyone a qualification on why the bombings did someone some good. I wouldn't want it to happen to anyone, but is personal experience going to be the only way for some to understand just how devastating this can be to some people?

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Anonymous Jerrold said...

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Anonymous Malcom said...

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